Papers of the de Salis Family
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Leopold Fabius Dietegan Fane de Salis (1816-1898) migrated to Australia
in 1840 with his brother-in-law. He married Charlotte MacDonald in 1844 and had
five children; Leopold William (1845-1930) who married Jeanette Caroline
Armstrong in 1895; Rodolph (1841-1876); George Arthur Charles (1852-1932) who
married Mary St Irving Galliard Smith in 1878; Henry Gubert (1858-1931); Nina
who married William Farrer. Leopold acquired large pastoral interests including
Darbalara Station which he bought in 1840 and which he sold in 1855 when he
moved higher up the Murrumbidgee to Cuppacumbalong, Tharwa. He lost extensive
holdings in Queensland in the 1892 crisis. He was Member of the Legislative
Council 1874-1898 in the Queanbeyan District. Leopold William was MLA 1872-1874
and George Fane de Salis was MLA 1885-1885.
See MS 2623 for the Family Tree
The collection consists of correspondence between family members,
friends and business associates; political notes; post cards; published
material; press cuttings.
See also MS 2656 for papers of Pierce
- Date Range: c.1840-c.1930
- Quantity: 8 metres
- Boxes 1-14 and 36-55 are available for reference
- Boxes 15-35 are Restricted
- Papers of Leopold Fane de Salis (1816-1898) - Boxes 1-14
- George Fane de Salis (1852-1932) - Boxes 15-23
- Mary Fane de Salis (nee Smith) - Boxes 24-30
- Charlotte Fane de Salis - Box 31
- Mary Fane de Salis - Box 32
- Emily Fane de Salis - Box 33
- Nina Farrer (nee de Salis) with papers of William Farrer - Box 34
- Family correspondence to Eric, Rodolph, William , Charlie and Mary -
- Miscellaneous - Boxes 36-38
- Press Clippings - Box 39
- Post cards and greeting cards - Box 40
- Published books, etc - Boxes 41-55
- Folio items
Series 1 - Papers of Leopold Fane de Salis (1816-1898)
Land conveyance and indenture documents.
Includes Conveyance Documents of the following:
1882 Bernard McTiernan to James McTiernan
1881 Mary McTiernan to J.&B. McTiernan
1872 William Roohan to Hugh McTiernan
1870 Thomas Wilson to William Roohan
1895 William Cosgrove and another, to William Lenane
1865 William Lenehan Jr. to Thomas Wilson
1860 Charles Bolt to William Lenane
1859 W. O'Neill to C. Bolt
1866 T. Kennedy to J. Maher
1858 Land Purchase document. William O'Neill
1901 Supplementary abstract of Title of William Lenane
1862 Michael Commins to William Lenehan Jr.
1879 Indemnity. George MacDonell to Hon. Leopold Fane de Salis M.L.C.
Indenture agreement. The Scottish Australian Investment Co. Ltd
to Hon. Leopold Fane de Salis M.L.C. 1879
1883 James Gray to Leopold Fane de Salis
1881 Thomas Long to Leopold Fane de Salis
Agreement between Pastoralists' Federal Council and the Amalgamated
Shearers' Union of Australasia, 7 August 1891.
Map of N.S.W. issued by Pastures Protection Board of Braidwood.
1886 Kurts to G. Fane de Salis
1887 T. Warner to L. Fane de Salis
1890 T. Gale to L. Fane de Salis
Mortgage Documents. 1896 T. Tong to E.F. Foster.
Letters of Administration. 1886 Thomas Warner.
1857 Grant by purchase to William O'Neill.
Debrett's Peerage, Baronetage, Knightage and Companionage. DE SALIS,
COUNT (de Salis).
1890 Agreement between Leopold and George.
Bank books for Messrs de Salis and Smith 1860, 1871-1872, 1872,
1877-1884, 1884, 1885-1890, 1866-1871, 1838-1866, 1873-1876, 1866 and
BOXES 3- 4
18661897 Accounts, receipts and related letters. Some concern land and
Political notes and press clippings, some correspondence;
meteorological records kept by Leopold Fane de Salis: notes referring to issues
of a non-political nature on the subject of land purchase laws, meat and wheat
exports and wool; papers created while a Member of the Legislative Assembly
1864-1869 and Legislative Council 1874-1898. He was also a Magistrate from
Papers concerning land purchase and some correspondence.
Mainly letters to Leopold concerning business: (include
correspondence regarding survey of Runs); agreement with Rev. Smith and de
Salis Brothers 1880; and letters from Henry Parkes; letters from family.
Series 2 - Papers of George Fane de Salis
Family letters to George, Father, Dad or Papa.
Mainly business letters to George: may include some family
letters. Box 17 contains letters of sympathy on death of Eric Fane de Salis who
was killed in action during World War 1.
Series 3 - Papers of Mary Fane de Salis (nee Smith)
Letters addressed to Mary Smith from School friends 1868;
letters from family members.
Letters from family and friends; some business letters.
Letters addressed to 'Marie', but actually sent to Mary. Most
are from her sister Emily.
Series 4 - Letters to Charlotte Fane de Salis
Letters to Charlotte, mostly from family and friends. Some are
addressed to Lottie.
Series 5 - Letters to Mary Fane de Salis
Letters to May Fane de Salis, mostly from family and friends.
Series 6 - Letters to Emily Fane de Salis
Letters to Emily Fane de Salis, mostly from family and
Series 7 - Letters to Mina Farrer (nee de Salis)
Letters to Nina Farrer (nee de Salis) with some letters to
Series 8 - Family Correspondence
Letters to Mary de Salis, daughter of George and Mary Fane de
Salis. Other letters may be with Mary Fane de Salis (nee Smith) Series 3.
Letters to William Fane de Salis; Henry Fane de Salis; Eric and Mrs E.C. de
Salis; Rodolph Fane de Salis; Charlie Fane de Salis and Nina Fane de Salis,
daughter of George and Mary Fane de Salis.
Series 9 - Miscellaneous
Prescriptions, remedies, recipes, map of Gundagai, letters
found in books, parts of letters and letters to unidentified people.
- Photographs. Queanbeyan aborigines.
- Prayer book.
- Dance programmes, menus.
- Handwritten poems.
- Letters to MacDonald.
- Flockowners Diary 1918.
- Bookplate for Charlotte Fane de Salis.
Accounts, notes, 1 Ledger 1851.
Series 10 - Press Cuttings
Series 11 - Post Cards and Greeting Cards
Series 12 - Published Books
- Kennedy's handbook of Scottish song with the melodies.
Melbourne: Stillwell and Knight, 1872.
- The King Who Walked With God. Orange: Central Western Daily,
1939 (with inscription to Charlotte, Mary, Nina and Em, dated 1952).
- Official programme, New South Wales National Regatta Anniversary
Day, 26th January 1886.
- Visitors' guide to Bath and District by electric car and motor
bus issued by the Bath Electric Tramways Co. Ltd.
- New South Wales: her commerce and resources by G.W. Griffin.
Sydney: Charles Potter, 1888.
- New South Wales: the Mother colony of the Australias. Sydney:
Charles Potter, 1896
- The soldiers' poems, The Dardanelles and other verses by C.N.
Hutchinson. Sydney: The Central Press.
- The Queens Hotel, Kandy, Ceylon.
- Australian Ballads: the Canterbury poets, edited by William
Sharp. Walter Scott Publishing Co.
- The Charm of Whistler. London: T.C. AND E.C. Fack,
(inscription to Charlotte).
- The little dream by John Galsworthy. London: Duckworth &
Co. (inscription to 'Dear Charlotte with best Xmas wishes from Una and Ros,
- Rules, & c., of the NSW Polo Association 1898
- Picturesque London. Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co.
(inscription to 'Miss de Salis ... 1911')
- Catalogue of publications by W.M. Power Westmister Victoria
- The Charm of Leighton. London: T.C.&E.C. Jack (inscription
'Wishing you a happy Xmas .... Una, Xmas 1912').
- Slate drawings. Belding Bros & Co's.
- Fables and moral maxims in verse and prose, selected by Anne
Parker. London: John W. Parker, 1835 (inscription to 'Emily Phillippa Davies
... 8th birthday').
- Sacred songs and solos and New hymns and solos, compiled and
sung by Ira D. Sankey. London: Morgan & Scott.
- Narrative hymns for village schools. London: Joseph Masters,
1861 (inscription 'Emily E.G. Smith, St John's Parsonage, Canberra).
- Records of the raids. London: Society for promoting Christian
knowledge, 1918 (inscription Charlotte de Salis from ...).
- History of the Bunhill Fields Burial Ground. London: Charles
Skipper & East, 1893.
- The nature lovers' note book by Eric Pochin. Leicester: The
Brockhampton Book Company (belonged to M.F. de Salis).
- Rafferty, king of Australia by Sandy McTavish. Melbourne, 1931
(inscription 'The Misses de Salis from ...').
- The Pacific and you by R.C. Blumer and E.C. Rowland. Sydney:
The Australian Board of Missions, 1943.
- By air to battle : the official account of the British Airborne
Divisions. London: His Majesty's Stationery Office, 1945.
- Tender grass for Christ's lambs by W. Weldon Champneys.
London: Wertheim and MacIntosh, 1848.
- Edinburgh: official guide by John Menzies & Co.
- The letters of Rachel Henning with forty pen drawings by Norman
Lindsay, introduction by David Adams. Sydney: Bulletin Newspaper Co.
- The coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, approved
souvenir programme, 1952.
- Madame Tussaud's exhibition guide by GeoAugustus Sala. London:
Baker Street Station.
- The harvest of the years Houghton Mifflin Company, 1927
(inscription 'Mrs Farrer from Angus & Robertson').
- The climbs of NormanNerunda by May NormanNerunda. London: T.
Fisher Unwin, 1899.
- Tent life in Tiger Land and sport and work on the Nepal
frontier, by James James Inglis. Sydney: A. Hutchinson & Son, 1888.
- The art of marine painting in oil colours by J.W. Carmichael.
London: Windsor and Newton.
- In your hands Australian by C.E.W. Bean. London: Cassell &
Company, 1918 (inscribed "with kind regards from C.E.W. Bean").
- Australian museums : hints for collectors of geological and
mineralogical specimens by F. Rattle. Sydney: Charles Potter, 1887.
- Mrs Beeton's shilling cookery book with more than 600 recipes
by Isabella Beeton. London: Ward Lock & Co. (inscribed 'E.P. Smith July
- Animals by Harrison Weir and other artists (has 'Emily' on
- Sketchbook of trees (cover missing) Blackie & Son.
- Hutchinson's Popular and illustrated dog encyclopaedia, volume
one, AFo edited by Walter Hutchinson. London: Hutchinson & Co.
- The Canberran: the magazine of the Canberra Grammar School,
Canberra. Vol.3, no.11 Sept. 1933; no.4, 1934; no.6, 1936; no.7, 1937.
- The new review, Vol.15, no.87, Aug. 1896 (cover missing).
- Pearson's magazine, Vol.4, Sept. 1897 no.21.
- Tell us another, or funniest shooting and fishing stores ever told
on earth or flying by Rowland Oliver S.M.
- The Englishwoman's domestic magazine, Vols.1, 5-7, 1858,
- The Works of Harrison Ainsworth III, Windsor Castle. London:
- George Routledge & Sons. Covered in maroon cloth with school
emblem. Inside cover has bookplate : given to E.G. De Salis June 1908 for a
- On heroes, hero workship and the heroic in history by Thomas
Carlyle. George Routledge & Sons. Covered in maroon cloth with bookplate
stating 'Prize for hard work E.G. de Salis Xmas 1907'.
- Ladies Treasury plate from Jan. 1881.
- Ladies Treasury, Jan.-Nov. 1882; Jan., Feb., May, Aug. 1883;
Apr., Oct., Nov., Dec. 1886; Jan.-June, Aug.-Dec. 1885.
- Ladies Treasury Jan.-Dec. 1865, Jan.-Dec.1876.
- Ladies Treasury Jan.-Feb. Apr.-July, Sept.-Dec. 1879;
Jan.-Nov. 1877; Jan.-May, July-Dec. 1880; 1878 (plates for Aug., Sept. &
Annotated copy of Crown Lands Bill, 1883; newspaper clippings
(probably collected by George de Salis) dated early 1900s to 1950s on matters
such as taxation, land and farming. Some articles refer to William Farrer.
There are also some handwritten notes. Note: much of the material is in poor
- Anzac bulletin, no.75, June 1918.
- Home chat, no.293, 1900.
- London and North Western time tables, 1894.
- Complete guide to Tasmania, 1920 (very poor condition). Pages
from a book belonging to Leopold Fane de Salis, damaged at Darbalara during
Gundagai flood in 1852.
- The Weekly Times book of patterns. Melbourne (no cover).
- Scrap Book with poems and press cuttings. Newspaper cuttings in large
volume with some handwritten notes.
Maroon volume of newspaper cuttings (cover damaged).
The Land Act, 1897; Engineering and Electrical Exhibition,
1897; A manual of the licensing law, 1883; Abstract - Meteorological
Observations, 1871; Handbook of information for intending settlers of British
New Guinea, 1892; The Crown Lands Alienation Act, 1861-1880; The Crown Lands
Act of 1884; Impounding Law amendment Act, 1881.
Various printed pamphlets and booklets.
Note: 1-6 are in very poor condition.
- Cauppacbalong Day Book, 1852-1861.
- Ration A/C Tharwa, 1879-1892.
- Ledger, 1851. Dabalara Station, Junee Station, Oura (near Wagga).
- Cauppacumbalong, 1869-1878.
- Darbalara property near Gundagai. House and contents in Gundagai
Flood, 1852. Day book dated 1845-1849.
- Letterbook. Cuppacumbalong, 1856-1860.
- Nina Farrer's Flower book.
- Newspaper clippings, 1914.
- Rainfall observations, 1885-1899.
- Scrap album, 1877. Photographs.
- Photographs of George Fane de Salis and May Fane de Salis.
- Framed photograph of William Farrer in Cambridge Rifles Regiment and
framed group photograph.
List prepared May 1990. Last updated June 2000